Nineworlds Geekfest: Mental Illness Primer

Themes I hope to cover in my talk on Mental Illness in Nineworlds Geekfest 2014

Venue:

Radisson Blu Edwardian convention hotel at Heathrow, London

The talk is in Room 30, 11:45 to 1300hrs.

Themes:

  • Stigma: Why creative writers are of utmost importance in mental illness perception
  • Nuancing suicide and self-harm
  • The case of Electro-Convulsive Therapy
  • True psychosis versus Hollywood psychosis
  • Trauma, stress reactions, PTSD
  • Apathy/avolition, social decline, and the “mad” supervillain
  • Quick case study: Morpheus in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’
  • Quick case study: Hannibal (TV) auto-immune encephalitis
  • Quick case study: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Episodes:  ‘Normal Again’, ‘Hush’
  •  Quick case study: Angel, Episode ‘Damage’
  • The problem of Split Personality

I’ll be taking questions as well. If you plan to attend and you have a burning topic you can add it to the comments section.

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